Longing for Eden

Longing for Eden

For my 600th (!!) post, I shall post an accomplishment:

In Progress

  • How People Grow (9/2009)
  • Victory Over the Darkness (12/2011)
  • The Meaning of Marriage (6/2012)
  • Revolution in World Missions (1/2012)
  • Praying Life (2/2012)

Completed (2012)

  • Radical (9/2011-5/2012)
  • The Heavenly Man (6/2010-6/2012)
  • Comforts from the Cross (8/2012)
  • Longing for Eden (10/2012-11/2012)

Thank you, sick day! You were well spent resting and reading, and doing a little laundry in between.

I very much enjoyed Longing for Eden, by Mike Rizzo with Anne Rizzo, parents of IHOP Kansas City’s worship leader, Justin Rizzo (Justin himself personally recommended the book to KY and I when we attended an event where he was speaking/leading worship).

Though the book focuses on marriage, it is actually just a great book on Christian living and relationships in general. Mike emphasizes that if you want good relationships, you must have: 1) a good relationship with God, 2) healing from past sins and wounds, 3) a heaven-minded focus.

The book also emphasized that another person will never fill you, rather they are a companion in longing, a companion on the long and tough road back to Eden.

I would definitely recommend this book, and not just to those looking to read about marriage. It is easy to read and is more like a written conversation rather than a book. Most importantly, the Rizzo’s are Kingdom-centric and Kingdom-minded, and offered much encouragement through their examples and words.

Anyway, yay for my 600th post! I must say I feel quite accomplished… :)


The deep down needs that we have are truly a gift of pain. They create the ache that causes us to search. This doesn’t always “feel” good but if we allow God to go deep, the end result will be worth it. Husband and wife: be the person of understanding that will “draw out” from your spouse what he or she needs to express and understand.

“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5)

Mike Rizzo (Longing for Eden, 102)

“Maturity includes having a healthy awareness of who you are, actually enjoying who you are, and taking responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

Recovery is facing and embracing your dysfunction. Getting in touch with your pain is the beginning of redeeming your pain. This is one aspect of being rooted and grounded. We’re not called to live in the wound, but to live in the promise where the wound was formerly attached. Depth of pain accessed will correlate to the depth of truth established.”

Mike Rizzo (on two personal keys to healthy relationships, Longing for Eden, 101)

Marriage is not a lifelong attraction of two individuals to each other but a call for two people to witness together to God’s love. The basis of marriage is not mutual affection, or feelings, or emotions or passions that we associate with love, but a calling, a vocation. It is to understand that we are elected to build together a house for God in this world.

Henri Nouwen (via Mike Rizzo, Longing for Eden, 21)